January 2017 business events calendar

Written by: Fargo Inc Staff


January 3
A Preview of the Legislative Sessions
Tuesday, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
January is an important month in Minnesota and North Dakota, as it marks the beginning of both legislative sessions. After an interesting election season and with changes being made on both the national and statewide levels, many things will be examined. You will hear from Andy Peterson, president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, as he shares what the state chamber will be working toward this year and how it could affect your business. Jennifer Byers, Vice President of Grassroots & Chamber Relations at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, will outline the Minnesota Chamber’s priorities and discuss how a local chamber can have a key role in those efforts.

Registration (includes breakfast)
• Chamber Members $30 in advance, $35 at the door
• Non-members $40 in advance, $45 at the door

Courtyard by Marriott Fargo-Moorhead
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead


January 3-5
Addy Call for Entries
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Your work is as good as gold. Shine as your most brilliant work goes up against other local creatives and savor the recognition you’ll receive. Each year, creatives contend for the best in North Dakota. Local winners move forward to the District 8 contest. District winners then move forward to the national American Advertising Awards competition.

Entry Fees
• Single Entry (AAF-ND Member) $65
• Campaign Entry (AAF-ND Member) $85
• Single or Campaign Entry (Student) $30
• Single Entry (Non-member)   $95
• Campaign Entry (Non-member) $115

How to Enter
• Download the complete rules and regulations at AAF-ND.org
• Pick up official envelopes at the specified drop-off locations below or e-mail pre[email protected] to request to have envelopes delivered to you.
• Deliver your entries at your choice of these three locations:

Showplace Kitchens
2553 Kirsten Lane, Fargo

Network Center
487 S. University Drive, Fargo

Super Studio
630 1st Ave. N, Suite D, Fargo


January 11
Culture Talk: Giving a Voice to Your Biggest Brand Advocates
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Companies often focus their efforts on building brand ambassadors outside their organization. And while remaining dedicated to client and customer satisfaction is vital to any company’s success, it’s important that organizations don’t overlook their biggest, most accessible brand advocates in the process.
Hear from Stephanie Schroeder, vice president of marketing for Discovery Benefits, as she discusses the importance of building brand advocates both inside and outside the organization. She’ll also explain the role that company culture plays in turning employees into brand ambassadors and cover methods for encouraging employees to vocalize their advocacy.
This training qualifies for 2 CPE credits for the ND CPA Society.

Registration (includes lunch)
• Chamber Members $27 in advance, $32 at the door
• Non-members $40 in advance, $45 at the door

Hilton Garden Inn
4351 17th Ave. S, Fargo


January 12
State of the Cities
Thursday, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Join the Chamber at this annual event that brings our community together to ask questions of the mayors of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, and Dilworth and talk about the cities’ growth, goals and priorities. Live polling lets the audience engage while sharing their opinions. Last year, attendees learned that workforce and flood protection were the issues most important to Chamber members. What will it be this year?
To submit questions to the mayors, visit FMWFChamber.com or email [email protected]

Registration (includes lunch)
• Chamber Members $30 in advance, $35 at the door
• Non-members $40 in advance, $45 at the door
• Corporate Table Sponsorship (table of eight) $650

Holiday Inn
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo



January 17
AAF-ND Professional Speaker Luncheon: Jeff Johnson
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The owner and creative director of Minneapolis-based design firm Replace, Jeff Johnson’s work has been honored with inclusion in the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper-Hewitt Collection of 20th Century American Design, the Minnesota Historical Society, Walker Art Center, The One Show, Graphis, AIGA, ID Magazine, Communication Arts and many others.
Among his clients are Target, General Mills, Andrew Zimmern, Equal Exchange and Seward Coop. Johnson was featured in Steven Heller’s books, “The Design Entrepreneur – Rockport” and “Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers.” Locally, the man is treasured for having founded the Poster Offensive biennial political poster show, and the Hamilton Ink Spot, a fine-art poster print studio in Downtown St. Paul, Minn. You can register for the event on Eventbrite.

Courtyard by Marriott
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead


January 18 & 19
Operation Thank You (OTY)
What is OTY?
The Chamber’s Operation Thank You has one mission: to say “thank you” to its members! This special event allows them to share with their membership new information and materials. This is their biggest ambassador-driven event of the year, and volunteers will be stopping by all member businesses to deliver new packets with the 2017 Metro Profile & Directory, new window clings, flyers and more.
• They’d love to have you join them in the fun. If you are a Chamber member, please consider volunteering and joining them to help say “thank you” to all their members.
• There is no cost to attend any of these events.
• Your company could be in front of more than 2,100 member firms. To become an Operation Thank You sponsor today, contact Tracy Meckler at [email protected] or call 218-359-0527

Stuffing Party
Wednesday, January 18, 10 a.m. – noon
Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
OTY kicks off with a stuffing party to assemble the more than 2,100 membership packets with new and important information. The best part is that if you help with stuffing the packets, you can select the organizations you would like to personally deliver to that day. Or just help assemble the packets. Please register online or call 218-233-1100

Packet Pick-up
Wednesday, January 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
Help the Chamber kick off packet delivery to their member businesses. Volunteers, stop by during this time to pick up your packets and get your route before hitting the road. Join us as we hit the streets on the afternoon of January 21 and all day on January 22 to personally hand-deliver all of the 2,100 membership packets. This plays an integral role in demonstrating gratitude to members as you travel around the area.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Mickayla at [email protected]
To sign up to help, register at FMWFChamber.com or call 218-233-1100

Celebration Finale
Thursday, January 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
D-S Beverages, 201 17th St. N, Moorhead
Operation Thank You wouldn’t be complete without a party to celebrate your successful day of connections and camaraderie. Join for some delectable treats as you share your experiences from the day and possibly win a prize. Must be present to win.


January 19
1 Million Thanks
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Let the countdown begin to the most anticipated event of the year.
Come together to celebrate a tremendous year of growth for Fargo. We have seen so much success within the startup community and our city as a whole, and it would not be possible without you. Emerging Prairie is incredibly grateful for the supportive network they have and they want to express that gratitude.
There will be delicious food, music and the signature champagne toast. The hope is to bring the community together to celebrate a fantastic year and look forward to 2017. Dress it up a little and get ready to pop some champagne. All are welcome.

Cost is $25. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com

Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave. N, Fargo


January 24
Women Connect – Making Time for You: Secrets of the Fringe Hours
Tuesday, 3 – 5 p.m. (social: 5 – 6 p.m.)
Are you always juggling something? Is it difficult to make time for you? If so, you aren’t alone, and it’s time for a change. Discover the secrets for finding “fringe hours” to do the things you love. From time-managements tips to why it is so critical to pursue your passions, national author Jessica N. Turner will empower you to change your life by practicing self-care.

About the Speaker
Turner is the author of the best-selling book “The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You” and the founder of the popular lifestyle blog, The Mom Creative. Additionally, she is an award-winning marketing professional and a writer for HuffPost Parents, Parenting.com and DaySpring’s (in)courage. Turner also has a monthly column in The Tennessean and is a regular guest on WSMV’s “Talk of the Town.”

Please consider bringing personal care items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, etc., to donate to women and children at the YWCA Cass Clay shelter.

• Chamber Members $40 in advance, $50 at the door
• Non-members $60 in advance, $70 at the door

Holiday Inn
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo



January 27-29
Boat & Marine Products Show
North Dakota’s largest Boat Show is back at the Fargodome. See the latest in fishing boats, pontoons, wakeboard boats, personal watercraft, and more, all at Boat Show pricing. See the latest in electronics and take in fishing and fishing-electronic seminars daily.

Ticket Info
Tickets are available at the door on the days of the event only.
• Adults $8.00
• Children (ages 6-12) $2.50
• Children (ages 5 and under) Free

Daily Hours
January 27 – noon – 9 p.m.
January 28 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
January 29 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

800 N. University Drive, Fargo

Down the road
Business After Hours
Thursday, February 2, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Economic Outlook Forum
Wednesday, February 15, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel & Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

Drone Focus Conference
Wednesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 1
Location TBD

Monthly Meetups*
Bitcoin Meetup
Cass-Clay Subcontractor Sales & Marketing Meetup
Geek Meet FM
Girl Develop It
Fargo 3D Printing Meetup
Fargo Cashflow Game Night
Fargo Entrepreneurship Meetup
Fargo Virtual Reality Meetup
Fargo-Moorhead Content Strategy
The Fargo-Moorhead Real Estate Investing Meetup
Master Networks – Fargo Business Referral Group
Mobile Meetup Fargo
Moorhead Entrepreneurship Meetup
Prairie Dawg Drupal
Red River Valley Big Data – Midwest Big Data Hub Meetup

*All meetups above (except Bitcoin Meetup) can be found at meetup.com/cities/us/58102. If interested in the Bitcoin Meetup, please contact [email protected]



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